ORINDA -- Firefighters credited a mowed lawn with helping keep a vegetation fire contained to less than an acre Monday afternoon.
The fire, which did not cause any injuries, started just after 1:15 p.m. and was under control at 1:31 p.m., according to Moraga-Orinda Interim Fire Chief Stephen Healy. It began in a treehouse that was connected to a part of a deck that were separate from a home on Muth Drive.
The home wasn't damaged, and the deck and treehouse were worth a few thousand dollars, Healy said.
A one-alarm call went out from the Contra Costa Fire Protection District, and another alarm later went out for Cal Fire, but that second alarm was canceled within minutes, Healy said.
The reason, he said, was that the mowed grass at the home kept the fire from spreading rapidly. The fire spread through some trees but the length of the grass impeded its path, and gave fire crews the time they needed, Healy said.
"(I) can't emphasize that enough," he said. "The length of the grass really kept it from getting out of control."
The tree house was about 100 square feet, he said. The size of the deck wasn't available immediately.
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